Teenager’s sentence altered after anti-gay stabbing

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A London teenager who stabbed a gay man in the chest and leg has had his sentence changed from an indefinite period to a nine-year term due to his age.

Guelor Moaso, who is 19, launched a homophobic attack on his victim near Camden Lock.

He had used broken glass to stab his victim while already being on bail for an attack in February 2010, the Hampstead and Highgate Express reports.

He had been sentenced to an indeterminate public protection service, which would see him imprisoned until a parole board deemed him safe enough to rejoin society.

Due to his age, a panel of judges last week decided he should have received a nine-year custodial sentence, of which he must serve half.

Moaso had been part of a group which issued homophobic abuse to the victim and his friends. He then followed the victim and stabbed him in the chest and leg.

In February 2010, Moaso had attacked his first victim, striking him in the face with a wine bottle leaving permanent scarring.

Mr Justice Burnett, sitting with Lady Justice Rafferty and Mr Justice Griffith Williams said: “The circumstances of the offences are very troubling indeed, yet we agree that they were committed by a young man in the process of growing up who is in the early stage of maturing whilst in custody.”

The probation service said Moaso’s problems could not be linked to substance abuse, personal problems or gang membership.